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Prayers of the people: 7th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C, 24 February 2019

14 February 2019

Introductory reflection

The White Queen tells Alice (in Through the Looking Glass) that she could believe ‘six impossible things before breakfast’. Imagining impossible things may be child’s play, but practising them is another matter. Jesus makes a litany of impossible demands on would-be disciples: love your enemies, bless those who wish you ill, turn the other cheek, give without hope of return, neither judge nor condemn. In sum, ‘be compassionate as your Father is compassionate’. That’s the key to the conundrum. To recognise, accept and believe in the unlimited mercy of God is to be freed from the fear that cripples love. And once love is unlocked, a new world of possibility opens up.

The week’s prayer focus

For all who harbour hate in their hearts, that their anger will be disarmed and replaced with peace.

Sample intercessions

These intercessions are offered for selected use at Sunday Mass in the parish alongside those that express local needs and concerns.


Dear friends, Jesus modelled the life he asks of us, one of selfless love, generous giving and constant mercy. In that spirit let us pray for our sisters and brothers and the whole of creation.


  1. We pray for global leaders. May people of integrity and wisdom be raised up to inspire us all with a vision of a new humanity. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  2. We pray for the great faiths that uphold the golden rule of treating others as we wish to be treated. May believers be united in their witness to this guide for life. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  3. We pray for communities struggling to recover from now-forgotten natural disasters. May they continue to receive the help they need to rebuild. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  4. We pray for all who are called to form the faith of children, especially parents, teachers and catechists. May they teach by the example of their own faith-filled lives. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  5. We pray for tertiary students as the academic year begins. May they enjoy their studies, grow in wisdom, and find their path in life. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  6. We pray for an ethical revolution in business, politics and every sphere of public life. May the virtues of honesty and trustworthiness be universally practised. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  7. We pray for all who are taking part in the Royal Commission into aged care. May the enquiry generate lasting change that fully respects the dignity of the aged and frail. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  8. We pray for individuals and minority groups subject to any form of discrimination. May this week’s United Nations observance help eliminate this injustice. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  9. We pray for the recently deceased . . . and for those whose anniversary of death occurs around this time. May they be fully transformed into the likeness of the risen Christ. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.


God of mercy and compassion, on the cross your Son disarmed the power of hate with peaceful love. Set our hearts free to give and forgive as he did. We ask this through Christ our Lord.



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